Middle Fork Snoq. Cutts and a Dolly?

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by jmara6864, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. jmara6864

    jmara6864 Active Member

    Fished the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie last Friday caught more fish than I could count and the week before caught a small juvenile Dolly on a dry fly. This is by no means all the fish I caught but it's a good sample. A pic is worth a thousand words so I just shut up now. 616380_4386361386694_83535541_o.jpg 330855_4386365546798_477620582_o.jpg 338523_4386368426870_1579391070_o.jpg 324039_4386371306942_1293756035_o.jpg 334250_4384899550149_336979710_o.jpg 622435_4399382192206_1443054858_o (1).jpg 256293_4399531995951_1969033281_o.jpg 291438_4384901990210_1655954228_o.jpg 323983_4384900950184_278491547_o.jpg
     
  2. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    Maybe a Brookie?

    Looks like you had a great day. Nice looking Cutts.
     
  3. Shapp

    Shapp Active Member

    the fish in question is 100% brook trout:

    white and black on fin leading edges, looks to be spots throughout the dorsal fin, can see faint vermiculations on back.
     
  4. jmara6864

    jmara6864 Active Member

    Ya know that's what I initially thought too but I can't find any WDFW data that suggest there are any brookies in any of the three forks. I was talking with the guys at Creekside in Issaqua about it and they said it was probably a dolly. I know there were not the type of worm marks on its back that brookies have although it's hard to tell from the pics. I caught a brookie the week before in another river and there were two major differences between the two, those being the lack of black worm marks and the belly was a much lighter color than the fish in the above pic. photo.JPG photo.JPG
     
  5. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    I've caught brookies from the same run, but different times of the year and there can be quite a difference in their colorings. The belly color seems to change the most.
     
  6. Shapp

    Shapp Active Member

    Trust me, it is a brook trout, I have worked on genetic studies to differentiate brook, bull, and bull x brook hybrids :)

    Coloration is a pretty plastic trait in brook trout, but in bull trout/dollies the dorsal needs to be near 100% clear of spots
     
  7. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

  8. Here is the data you are looking for: http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01378/

    The researchers snorkeled essentially the entire length of all 3 Snoqualmie Forks, and the Upper Mainstem. They found no bull trout or dolly varden, but plenty of brook trout.
     
  9. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

    Bucket biologists!
     
  10. jmara6864

    jmara6864 Active Member

  11. jmara6864

    jmara6864 Active Member

    Ah ha thank you!
     
  12. Dehlan G

    Dehlan G Member

    Thanks for the report. Keep in mind that trout shouldn't (and don't deserve) be lipped like bass do. Thanks
     
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  13. The brookies in the Snoqualmie forks are probably the descendants of fish stocked in a headwater lake by the WDFW sometime in the distant past.

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